What is Weapon Mastery in PUBG? Everything you need to know

Published: 16/Apr/2019 12:47 Updated: 16/Apr/2019 14:01

by Paul Cot


PUBG Corporation have added a new progression system to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which is called Weapon Mastery. 

PUBG has been available in full since March 2017. Since then, we haven’t had any real form of progression system. Some fans of the game have clamored for a real progression mechanic ever since its release, it now appears those wishes have been granted.

Weapon Mastery

The new Weapon Mastery progression system, as the name suggests, focuses on weapon use. Each gun will have a series of levels that can be progressed through by dealing damage and killing enemies.

This form of system has been around for years now, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 being a notable game that used something similar.

PUBGFinally PUBG is getting a progression system – Weapon Mastery

Naturally, Weapon Mastery has been designed to encourage a healthy style of PUBG play. This means there’s little incentive to camp and XP will be rewards will be increased when killing a greater number of enemies, hitting difficult shots and getting that chicken dinner. 


The Weapon Mastery system is quite extensive. There are 100 levels in total for each weapon. Upon completion of every 10 levels you will be promoted to the next mastery tier. Therefore, there are 10 mastery tiers.

More rewards will become available as you go through the mastery tiers. As a result, it’s important to keep track of your statistics, especially considering the vast number of weapons there are to use.

What the post-game screen could look like with PUBG Weapon Mastery…

Mastery menu

Once the Weapon Mastery update is added, the last match screen and everything weapon related will display on the same menu. Weapon stats, earned medals and progress can be tracked here.

Specifically, the screen will show weapon level, kills, knockdowns, damage dealt, headshots and more. On top of tracking your progress, the system will allow you to identify which weapons you perform best with.


As previously mentioned, rewards earned through the Weapon Mastery system are free to earn. Additionally, they are unique to purchasable items. This means an entirely new set of items are coming to PUBG shortly.

Another new category of items to earn are charms. These keychains attach to your gun and are purely aesthetic. Consequently, this offers no in-game benefit and are there to show off the progress you have made.

Just some of the charms that will be available as rewards…

Defeats and medals

Medals in the new system are earned by obtaining defeats. ‘Defeats’ is a new term used to describe getting the better of an opponent. You can defeat a player by doing the following:

  • Killing any player in the solo playlists
  • Knocking down any enemy in duo or squad playlists
  • Killing the last man standing on a team in duo or squad playlists

You will not defeat a player by:

  • Killing an already knocked player in duo or squad playlists

The new Weapon Mastery system is the first step of a much a larger system which is currently being developed.

The system will be first available on the PUBG PC test server on April 17, 2019.

Weapon Mastery is still in development for the PS4 and Xbox versions of PUBG.


Blatant PUBG cheater gets banned by a dev live on Twitch

Published: 22/Nov/2020 0:33

by Alan Bernal


A known cheater in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds managed to get hit by the banhammer while he was streaming live on Twitch, creating a wave of cheers among community members.

The Twitch account under question goes by the name of ‘vesprine,’ but the player himself is widely known in PUBG lobbies and online communities for perpetually making new accounts just to use cheats.

“He keeps resurfacing. Same guy over and over. He tries to join Plausible and gets insta-banned,” Reddit user ‘The-Basic-Bro’ said. “He needs a hardware ban at this point. He legitimately cheats non-stop… He has joined looking for squad groups on Reddit and the last two times I have called him out and disgraced him and had him banned.”

While some players want to see more stringent action taken against the player, PUBG Community Manager who goes by ‘Hawkinz’ did his part to stymie the cheater’s effect on the game.

PUBG has come a long way since its launch, but hackers have still been a major problem.

During one of his streams, the player had resurfaced to show off more PUBG gameplay supplemented by the use of in-game hacks.

In the middle of his broadcast, he got a notification in PUBG that read: “Restricted Account – Your session will be terminated due to use of hacks.” Though not much has survived the Twitch account since he was banned, a screengrab by user ‘701dirty’ immortalized Hawkinz’s incredible response as the moment played out.

According to 701Dirty, the ban happened shortly after over a hundred people clipped and reported the streamer while he was playing.

“A few hours later over 100 people clipping and (saying) they got one of his accounts,” 701Dirty wrote. “I saw him have two accounts banned after matches and he tried logging into several already banned accounts… crazy.”

Cheater banned in real time from PUBATTLEGROUNDS

Since its launch, PUBG’s servers have been swarming with hackers that have put a damper on the once-dominant battle royale.

The developers have issued multiple ban waves since the game’s launch in 2017, but are still combating the prevalence of cheaters years later.

Unfortunately, unless more meaningful action against PUBG’s hackers is taken, players like vesprine are going to continue to ruin matches, get banned, then reappear under another name.